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Achimenes grandiflora

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Features

  • BloomsJune to October
  • Height0.3m to 0.6m
  • Spread0.2m
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourReddish purple
  • Leaf ColourDark green, red

Description

Achimenes grandiflora. This plant has dark green hairy leaves with red undersides. The flowers are reddish- purple and have five lobes flaring out from a long tube. The plant grows to about 60cm high.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Rhizome, Shrub or Herbaceous

Origin

S. Mexico, C. America

Interest and use

Hanging basket, indoor plant.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessTender (min 11°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH6.0 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They are frost tender, min 10C, and will prefer bright light but not direct sun, and well drained soil. Allow to dry out after flowering and store rhizomes in a frost free place over winter.

Propagation

Division of rhizomes or by seed, if available, in spring or by stem cuttings in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Red spider mites.

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